Hartt School Community Division Presents THE SWAN PRINCESS Ballet This Weekend

Tonight, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents the world premiere of the ballet, The Swan Princess, featuring a newly adapted score by Jessica Rudman and original choreography by Susannah Marchese. Additional matinee and evening performances follow on June 13 and 14.

Performances will be held in Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Ticket prices are $30 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under; and $20 for students and senior citizens with ID. Call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit hartford.edu/hcd to purchase tickets.

The Swan Princess Performance Times:

· Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m.

· Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m.

· Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m.

· Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m.

The Swan Princess is set to the beautiful, enduring music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, arranged by award-winning composer Jessica Rudman. HCD Dance Department senior dancers Victoria Siracusa and Anna Lise Wilkins will share the role of Princess Odette, University of Hartford graduate Andrew Matte will dance the evil Rothbart, and special guest artist Bridge Taylor will dance the role of Prince Derek. Rounding out this stellar cast of young dancers, recent Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional gold medal winner Ethan Clarisey will perform as the Court Jester.

Under the direction of conductor Kalena Bovell, Assistant Conductor of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and choreographed by HCD Dance Department Interim Chair and The Swan Princess Artistic Director Susannah Marchese, this all-new three-act ballet promises to deliver an evening of spectacular dancing and captivating storytelling for the whole family.

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